It’s December, which means the manufactured controversy over the fictional “War on Christmas” is now back in full swing. Over the past few days I’ve heard from several different people upset because someone they came across had the audacity to say “happy holidays” to them instead of “Merry Christmas,” as they would have preferred. Normally I just roll my eyes or snicker to myself when someone gets offended over something so trivial, but a Facebook post I saw recently from one of my friends kind of rubbed me the wrong way.
He’s an author whose name isn’t really important because this post is not meant to be an attack on him as much as it is simply expressing disappointment with how people like him behave. You see, he hates political correctness and, when some poor bastard wished him happy holidays recently, he felt the need to correct them.
Someone wished me “happy holidays” today.
Well, right away, you can tell this person is just a dick. Happy holidays? I mean, what kind of a shitty thing is that to say to someone? /sarcasm
They got all bent out of shape when I said it’s not “happy holidays.” It’s “Merry Christmas.”
Maybe they got “bent out of shape” because they were just trying to be nice, and you were going out of your way to be a jerk. You think so? Maybe?
I don’t have any time for the politically correct crap or worries about offending people.
Clearly not. You have demonstrated that you’re perfectly fine with offending someone when they haven’t met your completely arbitrary standards. That isn’t their fault. That’s on you, bub.
While I understand the point about political correctness, and agree that sometimes it does go too far, often there is good reason for it. For instance, I find it to be a good thing that, as a society, we are trying to eliminate words like “retarded” and “cripple” when describing folks who have certain kinds of disabilities.
It may be safe when you’re in a crowd of bigots to decry political correctness as some tenet of the “liberal agenda,” or proof of the ongoing “culture war.” But being politically incorrect doesn’t give Larry the Cable Guy carte blanche to be a racist, nor does it give anyone else the right to treat people like trash. In other words, just being “politically incorrect” is not an excuse for your bad behavior.
IT’S CHRISTMAS AND PEOPLE SHOULD CALL IT THAT.
This is so irritating. It’s not Christmas, jackass. It’s December 3rd. You have to can your faux-outrage for at least a couple more weeks.
Look, I’m an atheist and I get into the festivities this time of year, too. I’m no fan of the rampant consumerism, and I don’t give much thought to some Bronze Age prophet who may or may not have even existed. But I do enjoy exchanging gifts with friends and family and stuffing my face with food as much as the next guy. I don’t think we should be excluding anyone who wants to join in on the fun. So whatever someone believes, whether you assume they’re saying it for politically correct reasons or not, can you at least just be less of a grinch? I mean, seriously, why are you choosing to be offended by something so trivial?
If I’m out at the store and the cashier wishes me a “happy holiday,” I’m not going to have a fit. Working in the service industry, you come across enough scrooges as it is. So I’m going to say, “Thanks! And happy holidays to you, too. Enjoy your day.” Same goes if someone says “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Kwanzaa,” or “Enjoy the Solstice” to me. They’ll get a corresponding reply, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t celebrate their particular holiday. If they were nice enough to relay a few kind words, the least I can do is muster up a “thanks, you too.”
That’s really my point. If you truly care about Christmas, then show a little more of those good tidings and cheer. Get over yourself and just be polite. Treat people with respect and, for the love of the Christ which you may or may not even believe in, stop being such an asshole.